optima batteries

Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:30
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Has anyone had any first hand experience with optima batteries.
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Reply By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:42

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:42
Hi there Midge...

we use Optima Batteries - we've got 4 cars all with Optima Batteries - incl Vintage car, Coromal Vans use them as Standard...we've had no issues at all...our commodore is only started every few months and it starts first time every time...

cheers

Al
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:08

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:08
Hi Midge I have a 90ah gell cell which I bought when they first came out but had a faulty one which was replaced no questions asked after 6 months. The replacement is just coming up 12months old and not a problem. I run it as the second battery in a dual battery system through an 80 amp relay with a N70ZZ lead acid and the system is working fine. The fridge runs 24/7 and the 4by runs most days of the week.
It cost an arm and both legs, but the sales jockey reckons I will get 8 to 10 years out of it. I have heard enough bull in my time from sales jocks not to believe him so time will tell.

Mrs Al you have a commodore? No wonder you only drive it every few months when you are desperate !!! LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:26

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:26
Pesty...that's exactly when I drive it...well no..I drive it under suffrence...and accompanied by a fair bit of Olde English language as well...lol
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 18:03

Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 18:03
Word on Optima Batteries at the Challenge was that there had been a few that burst into flames for no reason. I hadn't heard of that happening anywhere else.
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Reply By: daren - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 01:29

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 01:29
Midge
If your in melbourne, buy it from the importer( i think they are in lilydale from memory ). i bought one from them and saved $100 on a yellow top as compared to anyone else.
PS. its great.
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Reply By: DenisL - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 08:24

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 08:24
Just be very carefull lifting them in and out. Mate caught edge of battery installing and lost gas inside...battery dead no warranty. Expensive learning curve.
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Reply By: NathanK - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 09:48

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 09:48
i've got a marine optima (blue top) which has the huge 1000 CCA, amazing for the Disco V8 - starts without even blinking. never had any troubles with it in over 5yrs, still going strong.
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Reply By: Jackaroo - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 18:26

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 18:26
Hi there, Optima batteries, sore point, definitely don't buy one in W.A. as the distributor will not honour the supposed 3 year warranty. Had one for starter battery in the Jacko several years ago, worked well for about 18 months then the courtesy light was left on accidently overnight and no start next morning. The Optima would not recharge, took it back to the agent and he came out with a lot of crap that it had been overcharged and so not covered. Subsequent check by auto electrician found charging circuit was spot on, and has been working fine on replacement battery ever since. Better to get two good quality wet cell batteries which will cost less and last longer than the Optima. Cheers, Don.
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Follow Up By: NathanK - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:37

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:37
i beg to differ, my dad has a blue top marine as well. he's actually died on a trip to darwin due to voltage regulator going on his Troopy and overcharging and melting the battery.

the WA rep replaced it no questions asked, even though there wasn't any fault with battery itself and with only 2 months left on 3ry warranty.

sorry about your experience, but besides us two i know a few others with them from the WA rep and all have happy stories, including those that had to get it replaced under warranty.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 23:37

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 23:37
I use a red for cranking and a yellow as auxiliary. No problems after 3 years. Like all good accessories you keep them when you change vehicles.
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Reply By: Jackaroo - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 17:16

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 17:16
Hi NATHANK, Looks like I need to apologise! My experience with optima was several years ago, Just looked up the website and I can see the dealership has changed hands; the present dealer obviously has the right attitude and decent business ethics, best of luck to him. Might pay to look at the economics though, I replaced the optima almost three years ago with a yuasa overlander for $145 and it is still doing a great job on the Jackaroo, what's an optima worth?? Cheers, Don.
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